I don't want to describe the novel too much because I feel that if I begin to describe at least a portion of this novel then I will be spoiling it. (It is really that good). There is no words to describe how amazingly awesome Maria V. Snyder's novels are. The way she dives into these characters and brings them to life in every novel she writes is just superb. One would think that as the novels continue to get published, some of them would not be as amazing as the first batch of novels. However, Maria keeps on surprising me with the amount of time, energy, and just general greatness that her novels seem to emanate.
The characters, especially Yelena and Valek, seemed to all speak out in their own way (different voices, characteristics, etc.) that were both enjoyable and delightful to read. The romance was also rather entertaining. I adored that Yelena and Valek portrayed this power couple that could do anything. One thing I do have to complain about would have to be the romance scenes, I would have liked it to have been rather extended instead of fading black.
Something that I don't necessarily like but ended up enjoying in Night Study would have to be that there was four point of views. I like that I was able to tell which person was narrating because they each had a distinct narrative voice.
I adored all the characters, the way that they all seemed to learn and develop in this novel was an added bonus. I also enjoyed that the novel progresses rather well; I didn't find myself wanting to stop reading and pick up another novel. Overall, this was an amazing sequel that I am happy to have read. In the end, I have to recommend this novel to everyone. Trust me it is definitely worth reading.
Summary from Goodreads:
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, MIRA Ink, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
About The Author:
Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at http://www.MariaVSnyder.com.